~~September 16, 2018~~
CARMEN YULIN CRUZ
~MAYOR OF SAN JUAN, THE CAPITAL CITY OF PUERTO RICO~
Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto (born February 25, 1963) is an American politician who is the current mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Cruz is affiliated with the Popular Democratic Party.
I have to confess that I didn’t know anything about this woman.
The first time I heard about her was during those terrible days after Hurricane María battered my country. I live in the mainland. I’ve been away from home since 1999.
She became the voice for those in the diaspora as we hungered for news about our country.
To this day you will hear negative comments about her.
She didn’t do her job, she took advantage of the situation to benefit her own political ambitions, she forgot about the people of San Juan, she’s posing because she wants to run for governor, she’s a socialist, she aligns herself with Puerto Rico’s independence while pretending to be a member of the Partido Popular Democrático, etc., etc.
I don’t care what they say about her, I don’t care what they think … to me, she became that voice that we desperately needed to hear.
She’s the only political official who has stood up to Drumpf and his administration.
I was hungry for news about the Island after the devastating hurricane
I was born and raised in Puerto Rico. I lived there all my life. I lived through many hurricanes, not María, of course. I know the landscape of my country. I know how the towns in the central part of the island were affected without me being there. I know, without being there, how the medical needs couldn’t be addressed because of lack of power. I knew 16, 64 deaths were not correct. There are at least 11 refrigerated vans at the forensic facility containing bodies … the capacity to conduct autopsies and eventual identification has been overwhelmed.
I have family and friends who were without power for 11 months. When communication was possible, I finally was able to get in touch with them. I sent care packages to them including the most basic items that we generally take for granted. I already went back to see.
By the time I returned, there was a semblance of recovery.
Yes, power is restored … not totally. And it’s still very fragile.
Power outings for hours and days at a time are commonplace.
Politics in Puerto Rico is ‘the national sport’.
My political ideology related to Puerto Rico has gone through a gamut of feelings, ideas and a new conviction. The relationship with the United States is difficult to define.
I think it depends who you hear it from.
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Track the route of San Juan’s Mayor Cruz after Puerto Rico was slammed by a catastrophic hurricane. The city leader stood up and fought for relief aid, becoming the heroic voice of her struggling island and the Puerto Rican people.
~~Mayor Carmen YulÍn Cruz~~
~~Published on Sep 14, 2018~~
As Carmen Yulín and Drumpf enter another Twitter war, find out how the mayor of San Juan fought her way to international prominence.
“I am done being polite. I am done being politically correct. I am mad as hell,” she famously said as she fought against the entire U.S. government in managing the response to two hurricanes that devastated the Caribbean.
One year after Hurricane Maria made landfall, she’s no less mad.
Watch the season finale of Breaking Big to follow Cruz’s story from humble beginnings to becoming one of the most vocal mayors in the United States. Breaking Big is a new documentary series from the minds of OZY and PBS.
~Carmen Yulín Cruz Twitter Account~